In the last one hour I learnt that Wentworth Miller came out the closet. I
also read that Bradley Manning prefers to be known as Chelsea Manning. He
said he’s always been a woman.
As an African I’m aware that the West has been making moves to make
acceptance of homosexuality a condition for receiving aid. As a habitual
user of the WWW and a denizen of the subsequent Global Village, I’m also
very much aware of what some commentators have refered to as the “gay
So here goes my humble analysis of these two news bits.
1. Wentworth Miller
A. If you were a fan of Prison Break, then I’m sure you were/are in awe of
Michael Scofield. We all admired how he used brains and sheer willpower to
out smart a conspiracy weaved at the upper most echelons of government.
B. You are also probably aware of most people’s aversion to “the system”.
People talk about how the system is engineered to keep them away from
prospering. Most people say that as an excuse. But those that are aware
KNOW what’s up with “the system”.
C. Well, here was Scofield using nothing but brains to beat the system.
This one concept, IMO, is the one key reason for Prison Break’s run away
success. All of us wanted to be Scofield. And the emo tatts were a great
touch too lol (I’m straight!).
We identified with the David vs. Goliath scenario because, in our own
little worlds, we all are Davids, right?
And David actually won!
And David is gay.
You probably want to ask me to separate the character (Scofield) from the
actor (Mr. Miller). But then I’d remind you that the less sophisticated pop
culture enthusiast probably can’t differentiate either of the two.
What we have here is a situation where a partaker of this commodity (Prison
Break) is being put in a position where he/she is forced to review their
reservations about Homosexuality(Mr. Miller) as seen through the prism of
their previous admiration of their hero (Scofield).
The desired outcome of this reevaluation is probably : Scofield was cool so
Wentworth Miller is cool too so therefore, being gay isn’t so bad after all.
3. Bradley Manning
Breaking this bit down would probably require a regurgitation of what I
typed above so I’ll just summarize.
Mr. Manning stuck his middle finger up at the U.S military establishment by
leaking classified information. There is a popular consensus that Mr.
Manning was right to reveal all that he did. His prosecution did not argue
about the substance of his revelations, they went after the act of
revealing secret information. He won the moral high ground in this case.
Classic David vs. Goliath situation.
And David won.
And, guess what? David has always harboured transsexual ambitions!
Here we have a true hero of this our information age. We have acknowledged
his patriotism not only to his country but also to the rest of us, the
people of this epoch. A champion of the right to know. But our champion
wants to be a tranny so bad.
What to do? Chelsea is apparently an inherent part of Mr. Manning. Reject
Chelsea, you reject Bradley Manning and all that appertains to him.
Once again, we are forced to review our reservations about the LGBT tide in
the light if this new information. Here is a person who we admire and this
is who he is.
How can you accept one part and reject the other? It is almost impossible!
Or is it?
I’ll let you form the conclusion of this post in your mind.